ELSAH, Ill. - The Coe College men's and women's swimming and diving teams turned in three top-five performances in the history of Kohawk swimming and diving on the second day of the Liberal Arts Championships.
On the one-meter diving board, Kendallyn Recker (SO, Coggon, Iowa) finished fifth with a score of 328.25, the fifth best score in school history. In the 200-yard medley relay, Coe's team of Kenni Sterns (JR, Longmont, Colo.), Andi Queisner (SR, Fort Madison, Iowa), Laura Finneseth (FR, Perry, Iowa) and Lindsay Meade (JR, Cedar Rapids, Iowa) cracked the top five as well, as they finished seventh with a time of 1:57.22. It was the fifth best time in school history. On the men's side, Coe's team of Logan Barnes (FR, Cedar Rapids, Iowa), Tucker Dangremond (FR, Colorado Springs, Colo.), Andy Cheng (FR, Corpus Christi, Texas) and Matthew Thoma finished sixth in 1:43.24.
Sterns took seventh in the 400-yard IM with a time of 5:02.91, nearly three second quicker than her preliminary time. On the men's side, Jared Duroe (FR, Olathe, Kan.) was 11th in 4:45.07, more than five seconds faster than his preliminary time. Finneseth was second in the B Final and 10th overall in the 100-yard butterfly in 1:03.73, while Cheng was 13th for the men in 57.70.
In the 200-yard freestyle, Meade was sixth in 2:02.72, while Queisner was eighth in 2:06.46. Katy Appler (FR, Clermont, Iowa) was 13th in a time of 2:03.68. On the men's side, Tim Bosn (FR, Omaha, Neb.) was 15th in 1:52.64. In the 100-yard breaststroke, Tucker Dangremond tied for second in school history with a 1:01.04 in the prelims. He finished seventh overall with a time of 1:01.25 in the finals, while Gabe Etzel (SO, Marion, Iowa) was 13th in 1:03.41.
Logan Barnes placed 14th in the men's 100-yard backstroke in a time of 58.01. Coe's team of Sterns, Appler, Meade and Queisner were sixth in the 800-yard free style relay in 8:22.18, over five seconds faster than their preliminary time. On the men's side, Coe's team of Cheng, Dangremond, Bosn and Barnes were fifth in 7:47.51, over eight seconds faster than their preliminary time.
Entering the final day of the championships, the Kohawk women are sixth with 187 points out of 12 teams. On the men's side, Coe is ninth with 144 points in the 10 team field. Coe is just seven points out of seventh place. Action begins at 10 a.m. Saturday.